Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. And today we're taking a closer look at and installing the Anderson Composites Type-GR GT350 Style Hood in the Carbon Fiber finish for the 2018 and newer Mustang GT or EcoBoost. If you're the owner of that S550 and you're looking to shave some weight, some significant weight or just grab a carbon fiber exotic look at the front end, this is an amazing way to do it. This hood from Anderson Composites is absolutely 100% real carbon fiber with the exposed carbon fiber weave and a gloss finish on top, but it's also double-sided. Upside down, left, right, and sideways full carbon fiber. And it looks so good. If you look up close and personal with the weave, there isn't a single break in it, it is completely perfect head to toe. Now, the gloss on top is extremely glossy but I will say it looks really, really good. It's almost a piece of art.
Now, this thing is going to shave some good weight. Your factory hood comes in right around 35 to 36 pounds. This carbon fiber one comes in at just above 22 pounds. That's good for about 14, 15 pounds of weight savings which is pretty significant for the guys looking to shed some time off their quarter-mile. I would not recommend using this with hood struts. Use your factory hood prop, it's just gonna be a lot safer. The hood struts that you have or you may pick up in the aftermarket are typically tuned for the factory hood weight. So, when using hood struts, it can open up a lot more violently because the hood is so much lighter. Now, this one, in particular, does come with that hood vent on the top end here. That's gonna allow for some significant airflow to happen, extracting some of that heat which your factory hood does not have. You will have to pick up a different underlying hood liner if you don't wanna modify your current one. There really isn't pre-drilled holes on the underside so you wanna pick up a specific one that'll work with this which you can find on the site. That's there not only to insulate heat but it's also there to protect the hood finish. Now, the carbon fiber can be susceptible to extreme heats and we all know it gets very hot under the hood. It does have that heat extractor, but it only does so much when it comes to that. Definitely, wanna look into picking up that hood liner. So that GT350 styling here looks really good and is also really functional.
This does come in at a pretty high price tag which you can probably imagine given that it's a full carbon fiber piece. Comes in right around the $1,600 mark. It's worth every dollar if you're looking for that really good look or that good weight savings and functionality. Install, I'm gonna give it one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It'll take you about an hour from start to finish, maybe a little less if you have a helping hand which I would definitely recommend.
Tools used in this install include a quarter-inch ratchet, 10-millimeter deep socket, flathead screwdriver, and a panel removal tool.
Kicking off the installation with our factory hood, we got to get this thing out of the way. So, pop your hood and then we're gonna start by removing the interior hood liner insulation from the factory hood. We'll move on to disconnecting our windshield washer nozzles, removing those and then we'll unbolt the hood.
Step one, open this up. Take a panel removal tool or something similar, we're gonna remove the push pin clips holding on our interior hood liner. Now, ours already has a couple of them already removed so we're gonna start from the middle and remove the few that are remaining. All right. Once you have those removed, set your hood liner aside. Now, we have to pop off our windshield washer fluid line that's clipped in with plastic clips all along the line itself. So, we're gonna grab our panel tool, gonna go in here and just pop these guys off. Perfect. Now, you're gonna grab a flathead screwdriver and we're gonna disconnect the line from here. Now it's not super difficult, but keep in mind there may be some excess fluid in there so it might squirt out at you. So, what you wanna do is just step away, push, and disconnect. Do the same on the other side. Now, the washer nozzle itself, one on each side, is right down here. What you're gonna do is find the tip of it right here, pull back, and they slide straight out. Now, you wanna hold onto these to get reinstalled on your new hood. Do the same on the other side.
Guys, next step, grab a quarter-inch ratchet and a 10-millimeter deep socket. You're gonna remove the two nuts holding on the hood to the hood hinges. Now, you wanna have a helping hand on the other side here because the hood can get a little unstable once you unbolt one side. So, I got my buddy, Andrew, on the other side. I'll pass off the ratchet when I'm done. He'll remove his side and then we'll pull the hood off altogether. All right. I'm gonna leave that nut just a little loose just so it can hold itself on. I'm gonna pass this off to Andrew. Disconnect that hood prop and set your hood aside.
Now, you do have to remove your striker from the factory hood. So, grab your 10-millimeter socket again and just pop off these two nuts. This will get transferred over to your new hood. All right. Grab your carbon fiber hood with a buddy, you're gonna lay it right back into the factory hinges. Replace those factory nuts. All right. Once you tighten those down, pass them off. Once you have them bolted down, you do wanna make sure you're testing the fitment before you move forward. Close your hood, make sure everything lines up. If you have to make any adjustments with your hinges, you can do so now before moving forward.
Guys, at this point, take your washer nozzle and you're gonna slide it into place using the pre-cut holes on the hood. Now, listen. In some cases, since they are handmade hoods, in some cases, you may need to take a filer and file open that hole just a little bit to get a really good tight fitment. Now, we're gonna go ahead and test ours. So, you wanna go in from the front here and slide that through and you'll see your washer nozzle will come through this pre-cut hole here. Pull that all the way through and snap this in. Now, if it doesn't snap, you may need to make adjustments. Ours clicks in pretty good here, so we'll test the other side as well. Perfect.
Now, you wanna take your reservoir lines and reconnect those to the washer nozzle. Snap in. Do the same on the other side. So, as you just saw, you can firmly snap in one of the retainer pins for that washer line. Now, you're not gonna have pre-drilled holes for the rest of the lines themselves. What you can do is secure them back with 3M if it makes you feel safer. But once you put your new hood liner in, the interior hood liner, that will hold back a lot of it. So, it shouldn't be an issue, but again, that comes down to personal preference. Now, as far as the hood liner itself, you can reuse your factory one but it will require modifications. You'll have to cut it to spec to fit on the interior of your new GT350 hood. And given that the new hood has a vent in the middle where the hood scoop would be, you would have to cut your factory hood liner to open up that area so the airflow can flow through. Now, we are not gonna make modifications to ours. What I would recommend doing is picking up the new one for your GT350 which you can find on the site as well which is made specifically for this hood.
Now, you wanna replace your striker into the new studs. Now, studs do come with new hardware so you don't have to worry about reusing your factory one. When it comes to your striker, it really depends on what color your vehicle is from the factory, your factory paint. If your car is black, if it's white, if it's a metallic, those colors look pretty good on your striker reinstalled on your new hood. As you can see, we have Race Red which can stand out a little more like a sore thumb, but again, it's personal preference. Some guys may like this pop of color under the hood, some guys might not. If you wanna choose to get your striker painted, you can spray it yourself, take it to a shop. We're just gonna reinstall ours as is. All right. Grab your socket and tighten these guys down.
Well, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Anderson Composites Type-GR GT350 Hood with a Carbon Fiber finish for the 2018 and newer Mustang GT or EcoBoost. You can pick up this one for yourself right here at americanmuscle.com.